Russell Crowe shares devastating family news and fans are quick to show their support

Russell Crowe has paid heartfelt tribute on Twitter

Russell Crowe arrives ahead of The Mummy Australian Premiere at State Theatre on May 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia
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Actor Russell Crowe has taken to Twitter to share some devastating family news and his fans were quick to show their support at this difficult time.

The acclaimed Australian actor is perhaps best known for his roles in classic films Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, and L.A. Confidential. Throughout his time entertaining viewers across the world on-screen, he has amassed thousands of devoted fans. They have now offered him their overwhelming support after Russell shared some very sad family news. 

Writing on Twitter, Russell revealed that his beloved father John has passed away. 

‘I arrived back in the bush last night. Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rain has abated, this date will forever be tinged with sadness.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away’ he said. 

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Russell then opened up on his reasons for sharing such deeply personal news so publicly and spoke of how his wonderful father had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives.

He explained: ‘I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world who’s heart he touched and who’s ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.

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‘John Alexander Crowe 13th March 1936- 30th March 2021. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Passed away in Coffs Harbour, NSW,  his home for the last 25 years. Rest In Peace.’ 

Upon reading this tragic news, fans and friends alike soon responded with words of kindness and overwhelming support for the actor and his family.

Samantha Barks, who starred alongside Russell Crowe in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, commented: ‘Such sad news, such a wonderful man! Always cracking a joke and making everyone smile!! Rest in peace John’. 

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Whilst another Twitter user wrote: ‘My sincerest condolences. God bless your Dad, you, and your family.’

‘I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you & your family. Your dad sounded like one brilliant man. During this difficult time remain strong, keep your happy memories of time spent together. Your dad may not be there but his spirit will always be with you. RIP’ another stated. 

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Whilst another echoed this sentiment, writing: ‘I do not know your dad, but I join those who do in celebrating his life and pray that all his love ones, be comforted. May he rest in peace.’ 

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Last year Russell reportedly told Extra TV that he had returned home to quarantine with his parents John and Jocelyn during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"My mum and dad are pretty old now. My dad's 84 and my mum's 79 and they're suffering from the things people get at that age,” he said, before adding that: “[I]it was just a better thing for me to be where they were." 

Our thoughts are with Russell and his family at this difficult time. 

Emma Shacklock

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